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You’ve participated in Next Steps programming, accepted your letter of offer, registered for course and have gotten the hang of video conferencing software like Webex. Now it’s time to complete UM Essentials!

Complete UM Essentials 

UM Essentials, along with other orientation activities, like Math Bootcamp and Prep Week, is intended to help you prepare for your studies at the University of Manitoba.

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Discover your first year supports 

We don't expect you to figure everything out in your first few days. Explore these resources to help you all year long -- with academics, your career options, campus life, recreation, and more.

Fall orientation events for all new students

Attend these orientation events and start your university year with confidence.

  • Summer University Advantage (August)

    Enrol in this popular 3 credit hour course to help you transition to your new learning environment. You will learn the principles of learning and memory, critical thinking, and academic writing, all of which are essential to success at university.

  • Orientation events for specific faculties (September)

    Many faculties have their own orientation events for new students. If you are joining a faculty that hosts a separate event, you will receive an email with the details before the school term starts. Please contact your faculty directly if you have questions.

More orientation events

Many other groups host orientation events for students. We invite you to attend as many of these events as you find helpful.

Contact us

If you have questions about Orientation events, please contact

Volunteer at orientation events

Online Orientation Facilitators 

Recruitment for this position will begin in March 2021 - more information coming soon! 

Don't want to miss an opportunity? Email us at to be added to our volunteer mailing list!

Orientation Team Leaders

Orientation Team Leaders (OTLs) are volunteers who work with the Orientation Team Staff to recruit, engage, and support Online Orientation Facilitators prior to and throughout orientation. They are integral to the coordination and smooth operation of orientation programming on campus.

Being an OTL is an intensive volunteer experience (approximately a 100-hour commitment) where students can expect to develop valuable skills in communication, team work, and leadership.

OTL Applications are now closed for 2021 orientation events.

Are you interested in becoming an OTL in the future?